Pompeo at the premiere of 27 Dresses, January 7, 2008
|Born||Ellen Kathleen Pompeo
November 10, 1969
Everett, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Chris Ivery (m. 2007)|
Ellen Kathleen Pompeo (//; born November 10, 1969) is an American actress, best known for her role as Meredith Grey in the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy (2005–present). In 2007, this role earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama nomination. In film, she appeared in Moonlight Mile (2002), Old School (2003), and Daredevil (2003).
Pompeo was born in Everett, Massachusetts, the daughter of Kathleen B. (née O'Keefe) and Joseph E. Pompeo, a salesman. Her father was of Italian, English, and Irish descent, while her mother was of Irish ancestry. She was raised Roman Catholic. Her mother died of a painkiller overdose when Ellen was four, and her father remarried soon after. Her father died on September 1, 2012. She has five siblings: three sisters and two brothers. She was nicknamed the pencil, and Stracciatella (an icecream flavor).
Pompeo began her career with minor roles on television shows such as Strangers with Candy, Friends and Law & Order and others. Pompeo moved to Los Angeles in 2001. She participated in the movie Mambo Café with Thalía. A turning point came when she was selected by director Brad Silberling in 2002 for a role in his film Moonlight Mile playing Jake Gyllenhaal's sympathetic love interest. In 2002, Pompeo appeared in Catch Me If You Can and in 2003, Old School. Television guest roles include two episodes of Law & Order and an episode of Friends. She portrayed Jim Carrey's ex-girlfriend, Naomi, in the 2004 film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Although her scenes were cut from the film, she felt grateful that director Michel Gondry chose her to appear in his film.
Pompeo landed her first major role in 2005, on the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy, which is now in its tenth season, as the title character, Meredith Grey, a surgical resident at a prestigious hospital. In 2011, she was named the ninth highest paid television actress, earning $7 million. In 2011, she signed a new contract for Grey's Anatomy that increased her salary to US$200,000 per episode. On May 10, 2012, it was announced that she signed a contract for two more seasons. In 2012, she was named the eighth highest paid television actress, earning $9 million. She has extended her contract for two more years which would have her involved with the show until the 12th season.
On October 13, 2007, Pompeo was honored by the National Italian American Foundation for her achievement in entertainment at a black-tie gala in Washington, D.C. On October 27, 2011, Deadline.com reported that Pompeo had launched her own production company called Calamity Jane which sold its first project to ABC, an untitled show about female agents on the Secretary of State's security detail
Pompeo married music producer Chris Ivery on November 9, 2007. New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg was the legal witness to the ceremony. She gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Stella Luna, on September 15, 2009. She has a house in the Hamptons, a house in Los Angeles, California, and a house in Malibu, California.
|1999||8 ½ x 11||Human Resources Woman||Short film|
|1999||Coming Soon||Upset Girl|
|2000||Eventual Wife||Beth||Short film|
|2000||In the Weeds||Martha|
|2002||Moonlight Mile||Bertie Knox|
|2002||Catch Me If You Can||Marci|
|2004||Nobody's Perfect||Veronica||Short film|
|2004||Art Heist||Sandra Walker|
|2004||Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind||Naomi||Scenes deleted|
|2005||Life of the Party||Phoebe Elgin|
|1996||Law & Order||Jenna Weber||Episode: "Savior"|
|1999||Strangers With Candy||Lizzie Abrams||Episode: "Feather in the Storm"|
|2000||Law & Order||Laura Kendrick||Episode: "Fools for Love"|
|2000||Get Real||Nina Adler||Episode: "History Lessons"|
|2001||The Job||Sue||Episode: "Anger"|
|2001||Strong Medicine||Quincy Dunne||Episode: "Wednesday Night Fever"|
|2004||Friends||Missy Goldberg||Episode: "The One Where the Stripper Cries"|
|2005–present||Grey's Anatomy||Dr. Meredith Grey||Main Character, also narrator|
Awards and nominations
|Year||Result||Award||Category||Film or series|
|2005||Nominated||Teen Choice Award||Choice TV- Breakout Female||Grey's Anatomy|
|2006||Nominated||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Grey's Anatomy|
|2006||Nominated||Teen Choice Award||TV- Choice Actress||Grey's Anatomy|
|2006||Won||Satellite Award||Best Ensemble in Television||Grey's Anatomy|
|2007||Nominated||Golden Globe Award||Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama||Grey's Anatomy|
|2007||Won||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Grey's Anatomy|
|2007||Won||Satellite Award||Best Actress – Drama Series||Grey's Anatomy|
|2007||Won||National Italian American Foundation||Special Achievement in Entertaining|
|2008||Nominated||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Grey's Anatomy|
|2009||Nominated||Gold Derby TV Award||Best Drama Actress -Television||Grey's Anatomy|
|2010||Nominated||People's Choice Award||Favorite TV Doctor||Grey's Anatomy|
|2011||Nominated||People's Choice Award||Favorite TV Drama Actress||Grey's Anatomy|
|2012||Nominated||Gold Derby TV Award||Best Drama Actress -Television||Grey's Anatomy|
|2012||Nominated||People's Choice Award||Favorite TV Drama Actress||Grey's Anatomy|
|2013||Won||People's Choice Award||Favorite TV Drama Actress||Grey's Anatomy|
- Ellen Pompeo Quietly Weds in New York – Weddings, Ellen Pompeo : People.com
- Posted by Andrea at 12:29 pm. "Ellen Pompeo's Father Dies". Bitten and Bound. Retrieved 2013-04-11.
- "Obituaries 09-13-2012 | Charlestown Patriot-Bridge". Charlestownbridge.com. 2012-09-13. Retrieved 2013-04-11.
- "Descendants of Mary Coffey and Dennis O'Keefe:Information about Ellen Pompeo". Familytreemaker.genealogy.com. 1969-11-10. Retrieved 2013-04-11.
- The Inner Actor: Ellen Pompeo: strength and tenacity from a challenging early life
- ELLENPOMPEO.NET – Ellen Pompeo Fansite
- Posted on Sep 6, 2012 @ 6:00AM (2012-09-06). "Actress Ellen Pompeo’s Father Passes Away". Radar Online. Retrieved 2013-04-11.
- Bried, Erin: "Anatomy lesson", Self, February 2006
- Spanish Wikipedia link to movie "Mambo Café"
- Bochroch, Judy: "Anatomy of a Late Bloomer", Allure, December 2006
- Ellen Pompeo Series 6 Interview
- "Forbes Ranks The 2011 Highest Paid TV Actresses". Huffington Post. September 28, 2011. Retrieved June 24, 2012.
- "2012 Highest Paid TV Actresses - Forbes Galleries". Galleries.forbes.com. Retrieved 2013-04-11.
- NIAF 32nd Anniversary Convention and Gala
- "‘Grey’s’ Star Ellen Pompeo Launches Prod. Company, Sells First Project To ABC" October 27, 2011, Deadline.com
- "Ellen Pompeo Quietly Weds in New York" People, November 14, 2007
- "Exclusive: Ellen Pompeo Welcomes a Baby Girl!" US Magazine, September 23, 2009
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